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Doing What Works

While new ideas and innovative programs and pedagogies are exciting, the simplest methods are often the most effective. In Doing What Works, author Chris Weber outlines ten practical, common-sense practices proven to transform student learning and propel school success.

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  • Rediscover common-sense strategies and practices proven to strengthen schools and increase student learning.
  • Receive recommendations and real-world examples to strengthen understanding of the ten specific practices outlined in the book.
  • Explore how to prioritize content to maximize learning and ensure students learn behavioral skills alongside academic skills.
  • Study strategies that inspire students to take ownership of their learning and empower parents to become active participants in their child’s education.
  • Observe ways to provide rigorous tasks to enrich student learning and communicate clear learning targets.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Teaching Less so Students Learn More
Chapter 2: Predicting and Preventing Challenges
Chapter 3: Letting Students Do the Talking and the Learning
Chapter 4: Keeping Learning Targets Visible and Still
Chapter 5: Nurturing Behavioral Habits That Affect Motivation
Chapter 6: Fostering Two-Way Feedback
Chapter 7: Emphasizing Skills Alongside or Above Content
Chapter 8: Promoting Rigorous Learning Tasks
Chapter 9: Empowering Parents as Partners in Education
Chapter 10: Inspiring and Enabling Staff Engagement

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BOOKS

  • Buffum, A. & Mattos, M. (Eds.). (2015). It’s About Time: Planning Interventions and Extensions in Elementary School. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Weber, C. (2009). Pyramid Response to Intervention: RTI, Professional Learning Communities, and How to Respond When Kids Don’t Learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Weber, C. (2011). Simplifying Response to Intervention: Four Essential Guiding Principles. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., Weber, C., & Hierck, T. (2015). Uniting Academic and Behavior Interventions: Solving the Skill or Will Dilemma. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R. (2015). In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Karhanek, G. (2004). Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & DuFour, R. (Eds.). (2005). On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Lezotte, L. W. & Snyder, K. M. (2010). What Effective Schools Do: Re-Envisioning the Correlates. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2009). Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2017). The New Art and Science of Teaching. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Muhammad, A. (2018). Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Schimmer, T. (2016). Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Sousa, D. A. & Tomlinson, C. A. (2018). Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Weber, C. (2018). Behavior: The Forgotten Curriculum—An RTI Approach for Nurturing Essential Life Skills. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Wiliam, D. (2018). Embedded Formative Assessment (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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